Tom Hiddleston versus Henry Cavill at the BAFTAs: who would you rather?

I feel like I should just leave these Tom Hiddleston photos here and walk away. Hiddles made an appearance at last night’s BAFTAs, and he looked lovely. Hiddles brings out such strong feelings, pro and con, and it’s just not even worth it to try to defend a position. I like Hiddles. I think he’s handsome and dashing and smart. I love how tall he is (I love a lanky bastard). But Hiddles always falls short for me as far as dream boyfriends go. Michael Fassbender is dangerous and sexy, Tom Hardy is needy and sexy. Hiddles is just too… I don’t know, normal? Also: he was posing with Saoirse Ronan backstage, but I’m not sure what’s going on there. I doubt they’re dating. Probably just friends? DO NOT take a Hiddles-Fatwa out against poor Saoirse.

And guess who came to the BAFTAs with his girlfriend?! Henry Cavill and Gina Carano followed up their Golden Globes couple-debut with an appearance at the BAFTAs, and you know what? I still think they are so HOT together. I love that they are together. I love that a dashing, handsome Englishman is with a buff, strong, kick-ass American girl. Gina looked great too! And Henry is really growing on me – I like him so much more now that he’s with Gina.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Tom. Bad foundation and everything. But he has to promise not to recite poetry after.

    ETA: even if his personality is a little annoying, at least it is a personality.

    • mel says:

      But he will recite poetry with an English accent!

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      TFanty, see my remarks below. I’m a poet, former academic, etc., and I roll my eyes when he talks about poetry. This is is a Cambridge double first? Come on, Tom….

      I wonder what the British really think behind closed doors about the American fascination with the British accent? It all remind me of that character from Love Actually who moved to the United States because hot babes will fall all over him just for speaking Bloke, and he turns out to be right.

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        If it gets them laid, they probably don’t mind ;)

      • T.Fanty says:

        Oh, we’ve discussed this before! It is a Cambridge first, but then he appears to have stopped right there, and never evolved from his 21 year old student taste. I agree that I absolutely expect more from him.

        Although I just spotted your tweet, and the advantage of him being a slight dork is that he would be totally up for reading Sylvia Plath on demand, I’m sure. That would be a little hot (although not as much as getting Daniel Craig to read out some Ted Hughes).

        ETA: as a Brit living in NY, it’s fun for a while, then it just gets annoying. Although I’m not using it to get laid, so my perspective might be skewed.

      • Amelia says:

        Oh, T.Fanty, I’m getting A-level English flashbacks! Daniel Craig was pretty much the only thing that got me through my Sylvia Plath paper. That film actually did wonders for my grade. Whilst Goop irritates me, I’ll give her the odd pass for giving me a different perspective on Plath’s life.
        As a Brit living in London but who travels to Boston and NYC fairly regularly, with the right shirt and perfectly tousled hair, I find an English accent can be quite the asset when I’m a little short on a taxi fare!

  2. Hannah says:

    Tom. I think he presented with Saoirse. It was a technical achievment award and was cut out of the broadcast (the BAFTAs were taped a couple of hours in advance).

  3. V4Real says:

    Usually I’m for the guys with dark hair but Hiddles wins hands down. Call me, maybe?

  4. Amy says:

    Saoirse and Tom presented together. She’s not even 18 yet!

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      They presented together and she is a teenager. I know Tom is a bit of a modelizer, but I don’t see him going this far.

      That said, as much as Tom can annoy me with his puppy dog like need for attention, he is *much* hotter than Henry here. I really do love that suit– and a man who knows how to wear a suit. I think it is his lucky custom-made Armani. I am not fond of his haircut for some reason.

      @Tfanty: I rather like the prospect of poetry after sex, as long as it is NOT Derek Walcott or Mary Oliver or anything that can be filed under “inspirational” or anthologized by Robert Bly. Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, or Philip Whalen, on the other hand, might convince me that he actually knows his stuff on a real level.

      And I will not tolerate having Luke Windsor sleeping in the middle. Publicists are properly left in the car.

  5. Ms Kay says:

    FYI, Hiddleston and Saoirse (who is 18) were posing because they were presenting the BAFTA for Design Production on stage that went to Les Mis.

    Yes bad foundation, even more obvious whilst I was talking to him, had to repress a laugh. But he is indeed lovely and very tall, and very smooth hands. The man uses hands lotion consciously methinks.

    Didn’t get the chance to meet Cavill… He looks stiff on them pics, he could relax a bit though…

  6. Rachel says:

    I love my boyfriend desperately, but omg. That man has CHARISMA. He’s not even really that good looking, but everything about him just draws you in. I’m a little breathless after those photos. Henry just can’t compete. He may be good looking, but he doesn’t have that charm.

    I just want to take Gina shopping and help her pick out something that flatters her figure. Something like the total opposite of what she’s wearing…

  7. Mia 4S says:

    Hiddles is not my thing, but the phrase Hiddles-fatwa may be the best thing I’ve ever heard. Henry by default…not that I’m complaining! ;-)

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      I’ve meditated on this, really: I think what really annoys me about Hiddles is not so much him as his dreadful fandom. Which he seems to like?

      I think they have managed to stop with the frenzied Hiddles Fatwas at least.

      • Mia 4S says:

        That’s interesting Miss Jupitero, in evaluating honestly try to avoid fandoms (although they can be “entertaining”) and just look at the work. I don’t think it’s fair to the performer otherwise. He’s cute, but so are a lot of them. It’s nice he does charity work, but so do a lot of them. Just on the work I’ve found him good, but not amazing and not one I would actively seek out. He may win me over, but to channel my inner Anglophile, so far I’m not bothered.

        I do think over zealous fans can annoy though. I am hoping I won’t shortly have to list which of his projects I’ve seen. ;-) Seriously, he’s nice, please don’t kill me!

      • tubular_trekkie says:

        Always here for the dashing Mr. Hiddleston.

        Miss Jupitero:
        I don’t think TH can be held responsible for the craziness of some his fans. It’s possible – I think – that he might not be aware of just how barking some of them are… I can’t honestly see him digging around on Tumblr to find out in any case!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I would call his work good, but not amazing. He is cute and charming, but often strikes me as trying way to hard to manage his image. I wish he would just cool it and be himself.

        From what people have talked about here, I find the genuine, lightly dorky, lightly kinky, very human Hiddles to be a lot more interesting than this Saint Tom the Motivational Speaker image he seems to want to promote.

        His Unicef work: I was very critical at first, mainly because of his publicist tagging along, but after reading his blog, I think his work was sincere and humbling. He did a good job. His fans though… Ack, I really have to ignore the fawning! He seems to like it though!

      • Rosemary43 says:

        I’m at a loss as to why he would be flattered by the actions of his fandom on Tumblr. I just hope none of them act out the fantasy they’ve constructed in their own heads about him. Especially if he doesn’t know the extent of it.

      • j.eyre says:

        Miss Jupitero – I have found it quite easy to ignore his fans but then I have a long history of selective blindness when I want to like something (I actually ignored Paul McCartney’s pot smoking in my “don’t do drugs” teens… no, seriously)

        Here is my take on his pandering to his fanbase – tell me your thoughts: I think his need for their attention may have to do a bit with his age. Although some will cry out that they were there “when”, his sex symbol status and the adulation that came with it happened about the time he won the Newcomer Award, it seems to me – regardless of his stage success prior. I think he waited so long for this kind of attention, he is drinking it in just as younger stars are doing, but it looks more needy from a man of his age. Perhaps he will absorb enough and calm down.

        I know that I also wanted to be perceived as nicer and more accepting in my 30s, criminey – I played nice with everyone. It was exhausting.

        What do you think?

      • Ms Kay says:

        @ j.eyre as Bill Cosby said “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

        @ Miss Jupitero you seem to keep bringing the same topic whenever, not that it isn’t allowed but you spend an awful lot of time on that matter. Again he genuinely appreciates his fans and of course the attention but hello that’s what being an actor and being in the spotlight is part of, ego, no matter how nice, humble and lovely he is. That said, he shouldn’t give in what people think he should be to fit their vision mould. The day he’ll be a douche bag by his own actions, then alea iacta est, he will get served, even by his most rabid fans, I bet it’ll be the biggest slap in the face. Meanwhile, facts are his overenthusiastic behaviour that can be overwhelming and his rabid catty fans who are annoying as f#ck! Be pissed off at that idiotic gal who put that project Wendy together and is trying to play fake with the whole “oh no it wasn’t to get his attention at all, I made friends through that project!” but hello the crazy loon flew all the way to the UK to give him that book (funny she never met him, for once his PR dude got smart here by not making it happen) just for the sake to meet him. Call me a bitch here but gosh it was nuts! does that make him annoying? Eh… Not really, his fans are way too try hard by putting on a pedestal way too big for him.

        And agree I have yet to see how an amazing actor he is, so far I’ve seen the amazing in his personality more than his work. If only his Stans would take them fans goggles off, they’d see acting wise he’s just good but not that wow really…

        Rant over.

        That said, he’s still MAH hubby here on CB :-D

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        @jeyre: When I really think about this compassionately (I can do that! I’m not always a bitch!) I realize that it is easy to say “Oh let your hair down and be that naughty boy Gwen likes to torment…” but it is not so easy to take that advice in an industry that is so difficult and fickle as this one is.

        He did in fact log in ten years struggling as an actor, and getting mostly secondary parts or recording books on tape. Not struggle as in being unemployed or poor (I have heard nothing about him having to wait tables or tend bar, he did own a house in Northern London, and it sounds like one can do rather well a an actor in Britain even if you are not A-list) but he was pretty much constantly losing out on major parts to bigger names.

        So now he is suddenly visible, getting serious gigs, and yes, I would imagine that the question of how to make the most of this and make the best impression possible on as many people as possible would be on the forefront of his mind. Sounds like his publicist is pretty much on the payroll full-time, and that he is working hard to please everyone, be polite to everyone, and keep his name up there. This can lead to over-management and be pretty exhausting.

        Yes, his fandom is nuts, but let’s face it, they are also numbers– X number of people who will buy tickets to see his upcoming films. This alone could turn that art house vampire film into a big box office success. I know the industry pays attention to these numbers– which star has the power to put butts in movie seats? I actually saw a chart once that studio execs circulate that broke down how much Actor A costs versus how much he makes. Those numbers make a big difference in who gets more work. So my overall vibe is simply that he doesn’t want to take anything for granted right now. Who can blame him?

        He’s an ambitious guy; whether he has the acting chops to match the ambitions remain to be seen, but I think I can understand the desire to grab any advantage that is there. If that means dancing around in a fake moustache, hey, whatever.

      • dasha says:

        MsKay, the “wendy” lady was ignored for a long while after she delivered that book and then one day I guess his PA gave it to him and then he started following her on twitter. The only thing that bothered me was after he started following her she kept referring to herself as “one of the chosen ones”, which just reeks of arrogance. So he’s following you, after having spent god knows how much $$$$ to create copies of that book (which is huge if you’ve seen that video of him with it), and fly to England which also isn’t cheap…he’s added you to his twitter follow list. Okie-dokie. Seems a lot of expense to have to go through to getting a celeb to follow you.

        I like him, but lets be honest here, he’s just an actor, just another guy scraping along in life, cute yes, but why some fans go to that extreme I will never understand.

        As for Tom’s reaction to his fans, I think he’s a smart enough bloke to know that the fans keep his name out there on tumblr and twitter. Hey the corner deli guy might not know him from adam, but ask anyone who belongs to tumblr, they know. If he turns into an asshole with the fans, it will blow up in his face, because he is known as the nice, classy guy with the amazing education and cheekbones.

      • Ms Kay says:

        @ dasha that Wendy project really I found it pathetic, and indeed the woman (middle aged) behaviour, and she is so full of herself with her minions. When she got called out by another twitter girl, she rushed and wrote a long arse tumblr about how much the project was more than that she made friends etc. So fake it made me nauseous from laughter! Then of course when you point it out they call you jealous troll… Er no dahhling, I call it pathetic to go to such lengths for a man that doesn’t know you at all and you’re old enough to be his eldest sister or aunt, all that for a twitter follow… And you say you are humble O_O uh vain much??

        Anyway… Like the man, hate his fandom (albeit not all of them are nuts)

      • j.eyre says:

        I am reading your responses and I have no idea who Wendy is or her project or why she is flying a book to England and then defending herself against minions. I also don’t know who is dancing around in a mustache or if that is a metaphor for something?


        I go down thread to the kinky bit and have read/know every single reference being made down there *wink*.

        Just goes to show you – I could care less what an idiot my crushes are as long as they measure on the deviant scale. Hey, I am not going to let just anybody leave a trail of orange foundation running up my thigh…

  8. marie says:

    I’m gonna go with neither, I’ll leave them to the rest of the ladies.

  9. Tig says:

    I really can’t believe you thought she looked good in that thing- she looked like a club chair. I get she doesn’t have a willowy figure, and that’s fine. However, not having a willowy figure and wearing flattering clothes aren’t mutually exclusive.

    Henry-? I listened to his presentation – and he just seemed so lifeless. Where is “Tudors” Henry?? He needs to perk it up or the Superman press tour is going to be a snooze fest.

  10. CG says:

    I thought Hiddles was allegedly rumored to be dating some London stage actress? But yeah, I’d still do him. ;)

  11. Anna says:

    Whoever is not in love with Hiddles yet, read his blog posts from his trip to Guinea with UNICEF. You won’t be able to help yourself afterward (not like I want more competition but…). BONUS: there are pictures with babies!

    • Amelia says:

      Blimey, he may be a crap tweeter but in mediums of 250 characters or more, he’s very eloquent.

    • j.eyre says:

      I agree. I thought his journal entries were quite well done. In his first two, he overused “immediately” to try and press his point about the conditions but after that, the emotional toll took over and I feel really came through in some honest writing.

      • Miss M says:

        The only thing I did not like when he wrote his French was improving in the first day, think…He could had left that comment out of the blog.

      • Lucrezia says:

        It’s interesting what other people notice. I didn’t notice the over-use of “immediately”. And I noticed the “improving French” thing, but thought it was fine … somewhat self-centred, but honest. We’re all self-centred, so best to say it than to self-censor for fear of looking vain, imo.

        The bit that stuck out to me was the phrase: “I must be as honest as I can”. I understand the concept of multiple complex truths, and pointing it out makes sense, but leading with that particular phrase made me read the rest wondering WHO’s truth he was telling. It would’ve worked if the rest of it was his personal reaction to things, but he kept it broader than that, so I was left questioning rather than accepting it as “his” truth.

        It’s a minor quibble though. If it had been an audio recording I would’ve been too distracted by the yummy Brit accent to notice.

  12. i'm french don't kill me says:

    Henry Cavill looks like Ken (Barbie’s boyfriend)

  13. MissMary says:

    Tom. Any day of the week. Smart, funny, and apparently into some kinky stuff if rumor is to be believed… It’s always the quiet ones, lol.

  14. Dani says:

    I really dislike that dress. Maybe it’s the short sleeves? She could do sooo much better (dress wise). She had an incredible body in that movie with Channing Tatum (Haywire?).

  15. Mirella says:

    I love me some Henry. I prefer his hair shorter though.

  16. aims says:

    Henry. Henry, anytime, anywhere….. call me!

  17. Andrea says:

    Am I the only person that thinks Gina looks absurdly horrible?

    Seriously. How did you write she looked “great” with a straight face? She is a tacky train wreck.

    I’m sorry…I can’t with this woman. Who shows up at the royal opera house looking like that?

    Cavill is gay as the day is long.

    • Cam S says:

      You certainly are not the only one! I that thinks she’s 2 steps away from lookin like a Kardashian disaster. Some people need not wear leather or leather like clothing. Nuff said

    • Liv says:

      I don’t hate her and liked her in Haywire, but she seems a bit dumb. And her choice of dresses is horrible. It’s fine that she’s not super skinny, but why can’t she wear dresses which flatter her?

    • Christina says:

      You are most certainly NOT the only one. In fact, I’m amazed that ANYONE could think that dress looked anything other than hideous, let alone ‘great’. The top looks like a binliner and makes her stomach seem huge, which I’m sure it isn’t. Also, her arms look like a builder’s. There’s a way of dressing a muscular (and she is NOT curvy) bodytype, but Gina hasn’t got a clue.

      As for Cavill, not sure what to make of the gay rumours, but I don’t see any chemistry between him and Gina. None. So deffo a showmance, imho. And his appearance last night confirmed that he has zero charisma and presence. Physically beautiful, without a doubt, but devoid of any personality (or acting talent imho). I think I’m going to have to accept that his sexiness began and ended with Charles Brandon.

  18. rightgrrl says:

    Tom. All day every day TOM. The voice does it for me…sigh.

  19. Simmy says:

    I certainly wouldn’t kick Henry out of bed, but Hiddles is more my type – tall, skinny, intellectualish. And I have it on very good authority that he’s a good kisser.

  20. Cody says:

    I do not like the dress Gina is wearing. She is a curvy girl and that dress was not right for her. Needs some help with her choices on the red carpet. Also, it looks like Cavill and Gina look uncomfortable together.

  21. taxi says:

    Pleather & poly? Screams sleazy.

  22. elceibeno08 says:

    Both guys are hot, but if I could only pick one I would pick Henry. The aging process is determined in part by our genes. Henry is aging faster than average.

  23. jamie says:

    Tom–although I think he was at his hottest when he had the longish ginger hair in Henry V.

    As for Henry Cavill, not usually a big fan but any guy gets 10x hotter when they’re with Gina Cerano.

  24. Hubbahun says:

    Hiddles and Renner all the way for me – Henry is so vanilla!

  25. Laura says:

    Henry looks fat. I know he’s not but he definitely looks it.

  26. Rosemary43 says:

    I concur with most here: Please Tom, get a better foundation that works for you. Still I would do him, bad makeup job and all. I’ve never bedded an angel before.

  27. M says:

    What’s going on with Henry’s face?

  28. GeeMoney says:

    Carano and Cavill look mismatched physically (like they don’t fit together)… but maybe they are in sync mentally.

    I’d take Hiddleston any day of the week over Cavill… I like my men tall and brainy!

  29. lylaooo says:

    dont like Henry hair looks
    … to much superman to me.
    Tom ♥♥♥ on Henry V..loki…oh mmyyyy ♥

  30. wanderlust says:

    I am just going to go ahead and say that Henry has always seemed a little off to me. IDK what it is or what he is hiding but it’s not all there for me. They are both very handsome though.

  31. Flower says:

    Tom for sure. His make up artist went a little crazy with the toner me thinks, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for that.

    Yes I have heard he has a kinky side as well, good for him.

  32. ViktoryGin says:

    I’d let Tom sweat off his orange bronzed any day. Then he could follow it up with quack vague literary references with no substance. Or just the phone book. Just because it’s spoken with an English accent. ‘Cuz I’m ‘Merican. And apparently unduly impressed.

    In all earnestness, it depends on level of exposure to answer a question up-thread about Brit accents. When I was living among more Brits, the English accent in particular got old, especially from the South (Reading, etc…). Northern accents started to sound a little more interesting to me, despite the obvious stigmas. I eventually found myself developing a sexualized preference for Irish and Scottish accents (re: the British Isles, anyway).

    Like Henry. Damn the hair. Love the fact that he’s not with a stick.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      What I remember from when I was in the UK was that the “posh” accent was guaranteed to invite ridicule. Everyone liked Scottish and Irish accents, and some of the posh people I knew affected northern accents.

      Also when people found out I was half Irish, my glamour quotient went waaaaay up and all the coolkids wanted to sit with me. What is that all about?

      • T.Fanty says:

        Everyone loves beating on the posh. Even more so now that Cameron, an old Etonian, is making a mess of things over in England. That’s why whenever any of these upper class actors are asked about it, they always get so defensive. Cumberbatch caused a huge stir about it this summer when he complained about being typecast as posh. Class is SUCH a huge deal in England, but nobody wants to admit it anymore, and how you speak totally advertises “who” you are. I spent years trying to fight my East end accent, and now it’s totally cool to sound like you’re from my neck of the woods.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I got teased at Oxford for my Upsate NY accent and worked at toning down that broad “A” sound. I was absolutely fawned over though when I “channeled” my father’s voice and slipped into a County Mayo accent. Even over here I find if I slip into Irish, people listen more.

        One of my current gigs is working on the Planned Parenthood hotline as a counselor, and if I have someone on the phone who sounds young and frightened, out comes the soothing western Irish tones, and everything mellows out. I don’t actually do this consciously– my friends call it my “counselor voice” and it just seems to happen that way.

      • T.Fanty says:

        People always love the Irish thing. That doesn’t change wherever you go.

        My husband says I always slip into posh English when I’m telling people off.

    • Bubbles says:

      I’m not a native speaker, but I don’t like the “posh” accent. Northern accents are so much more sexy.

      Henry is so so meh.
      And Tom. I used to like him so much. Why o why did I start to follow him on twitter?

  33. ViktoryGin says:

    Oh and thanks for the Tom post; This shaping up to be a decent day.

  34. Agnes says:

    i thought that Tom Hiddleston was in The Band of Brothers. it turns out that was Scott Grimes. don’t they look alike? or at least remind you of one another? i might be going nuts.

  35. OhMyGawh says:

    I like both! I also love Gina Carano but she needs a new stylist.

  36. shaboo says:

    Hiddles looks good.

    Cavill- completely devoid of charisma. A bland sexless Ken Doll. He always looks really snooty too, and always like he’s puffing his chest out.

  37. AustinMJ says:

    I’ll give – Loki looks to be the more interesting of the two, but I still have to go with Henri for the one i’d “rather” – he’s so beautiful.

  38. Ranunculus says:

    Tom for sure, he is super talented and he can talk to me for hours. Still so sad that nobody had the idea for nominating him for his performance as Loki in The Avengers.

    … an ant has no quarrel with a boot

    He was sooooo great!

  39. FassDaActor says:

    OK…today, I’m still not going crazy for Hiddleston BUT he looks GREAT!

  40. EscapedConvent says:

    I realize Hiddles & Saoirse are just posing, but when she gets older I think they would be cute together. He seems younger than his years, she seems a bit older than hers.

    But the real reason I say this—is that it would send his Tumbler-loonies into orbit around the sun. She is around the same age as lots of them, & of course he belongs to them. ;-)

    No, I wouldn’t really wish that life-threatening stalking on anyone, certainly not.

  41. EscapedConvent says:

    The plummy British accent whomped me over the head when I was a little kid, & I have never recovered. I would be one of those midwestern girls in Love Actually going wild over Colin’s Britishness, although not for Colin himself.

  42. Lemony says:

    Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom

  43. Katie says:

    I’ll take them both please.

  44. Gemini08 says:

    Hiddles baby. Always Hiddles!! He looks so YUMMY in these pics. As for Henry Caville. He’s a handsome guy. Who does NOTHING for my lady parts.

  45. dasha says:

    Tom said something this morning on his FB about one of the things on his bucket list is having a family, some of the fans went insane.

    But then again they have always been insane, offering up their bodies to him for that purpose. *shakes head*.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Good god, this is what makes me wonder about him and them. Of cure he want a family someday. But offering up your body? Could they get real? Why does he encourage this?

      • dasha says:

        I dunno, I suppose he’s so ambitious, nothing they could say or do short of murdering him would upset him. So many things happened last year in the fandom towards him that would cause any celeb to run the other way, yet he sticks in there. He’s either got a strange kink about pleasing people who abuse him or Luke told him to be a good boy or else. As for the family thing, I don’t see him having a family right now, maybe sometime in the future when he’s got all of his wild oats settled and he can focus more attention on having a family than on his career. The fangirls of course think he means right now, I mean a bucket list is called a bucket list for a reason, that of course went over their heads without a glance.

  46. lex lane says:

    i’d rathe have both of them then have to pick just one :P if i had to pick id pick tom, something about him is sooo darn attractive, i dont usually go for blondes